J88 Alchemy

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    Lake Champlain
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    Racing, Cruising, Teaching Sailing

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  1. J88 Alchemy

    New sailor question

    Get him in a US Sailing certified Junior Sailing program. He will gain experience on a variety of dinghies and discover his love of the sport sailing with other kids. Next step after that... buy him a O'pen skiff. The boat is a blast and you can car-top it anywhere. If you are committed to buying a boat that you both can sail, make sure it's a boat the sails well. Nothing turns off kids to sailing more than a boat that is a slug. Look for a used J22 or J24. I think starting by buying a boat is a mistake though; get him into a junior sailing program and if he loves the sport, he'll be advising you on boats to buy.
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    Hi Crosswinds, I sailed a lot on the J95; It's a terrific boat. The centerboard lifting system works really well and the boat tracks upwind beautifully with a very neutral helm. It's not as fast as an 88, but it's an excellent boat that handles well. It probably hasn't gotten too much traction in the racing world because the short keel is a racing compromise (pointing ability, etc.) but I would highly recommend the boat as long as you are not a total speed freak and just want a boat that sails really well and is fun to sail. It checks off all the boxes in terms of a shallow water performance boat.
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    Saphire 27

    A few months ago, the Saphire website said the molds were for sale which was a concern. But there is no mention of that now and the boat is still available for sale on the webpage. I'm really interested in this boat. If anyone else is interested too, please contact me. Perhaps we could work with Saphire and get a good deal on shipping and a fleet discount. If the owner of the boat on the Hudson is on SA, perhaps let us know how the boat is?
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    Fareast 19R

    Thanks Streetwise. Actually I'm his former boat partner and I appreciate you sticking up for both DB and me. It's been a very sad summer. I originally made the post when DB and I were both exploring sport boats after selling our J/88. I was doing some research for both of us on the Fareast as well as other new designs. Astro, not sure why you thought a legitimate question was an ad, or why you would be so abrasive. The world is F&*K@d because kindness and civility seem to be disappearing. I haven't made a post on SA in a long time for a couple of reasons, but one reason is the negativity of some posters. Thanks again Streetwise, I know we all miss DB terribly.
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    Fareast 19R

    I know a lot about the Viper; too wet and sporty / athletic. I want to daysail too in some degree of comfort. The 640 is a great boat, but I'm too "old" for the Viper.
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    Andrews 28 Hulls 2 and 4?

    Hi All, I recently contacted Ivan and he says he has no interest in building anymore Andrews 28's but said he has the molds and would consider another boat builder. I reached out to Tartan asking if they are interested but they never replied. Seems like they would be a good choice. Beneteau would have been a good choice but they bought Seascape so now they have a boat in that range. To get the boat built again, a new builder would have to step up.
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    Fareast 19R

    Hi, Does anyone have any info on the Fareast 19 R in terms of performance, build quality, etc.? Other than the J/70, what other sport boats exist that: Perform well Can be ramp launched (retractable keel) Are less than 40K Range from 18 - 24' Thanks!
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    Performance boat as a family daysailer

    The 100 doesn't perform as well as the 88. As fast as the 88 is, it's easy to sail and even in challenging conditions, inspires confidence. I would encourage you to take a close look at both boats, but if you really want a fun, fast, easy to sail boat, go with the 88. Contact me if you would like to take a look at ours.
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    Performance boat as a family daysailer

    You are correct about Ivan's lack of interest in building the Andrews 28 again. It's too bad because it looks like a great design. I saw one in Vancouver 4 years ago and I was really impressed. I told Ivan I would order one but as stated, they would need 10 orders to start production. Too bad some of the best designs never make it.
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    Performance boat as a family daysailer

    Hi, I wholeheartedly recommend the J/88. We are actually selling ours, but it's a great boat. It's fast, has decent cabin space, flies downwind, and is easy to sail. We have come in second two years in a row in a double handed race and I have singlehanded the boat. She sails like a big Laser! The J100 is a different animal altogether. The 92s is similar to the 88, but the 88 is a more modern design. We do really well against the J/111 too on corrected. You can't go wrong with the 88! Mark